Philippine Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quitana applauds Filipinos at a Covid-19 test centre in Abu Dhabi.


Filipino frontliners help run UAE’s largest Covid-19 test centre


DUBAI – At the UAE’s largest Covid-19 screening centre in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah district, Filipino frontliners screening people for coronavirus were praised for their “extraordinary contributions” in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

“When I was telling the nurses how proud we are of them, the CEO of the Ambulatory Healthcare Service, Mohamed Hawas Al Sadid, told them that they, too, are very proud of them,” Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana told

Quintana recently visited the 3,500sqm-facility where up to 10,000 tests are conducted daily. Everything was “very orderly and smooth”, she noted. Filipino healthcare professionals assigned there also appeared in high spirits, the Philippine official said.

“They have high morale and good working conditions. The ones that I have met (spontaneously) were fully protected. They were fully geared with PPEs,” Quintana told

The Philippine ambassador praised the Filipino frontliners for their “extraordinary contributions” in UAE’s efforts to contain the spread of the highly contagious and deadly Covid-19.

“The ones I talked to have been working here for not less than five years. They worked at very good hospitals in the Philippines and so I told the CEO that the Filipino nurses have very good training,” Quintana said.

This was not the first time that Filipino healthcare workers have received praise for helping countries around the world fight the highly contagious coronavirus.

In April, British media personality Piers Morgan, during his Good Morning Britain broadcast, also praised Filipinos working with the National Health Service (NHS).

“Amazing number of Filipinos working at NHS and unsung heroes,” he said, calling them an “extraordinary workforce”.

“These are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives, coming here and enriching our country and doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Filipinos who are here doing an amazing work and to every other immigrant working at NHS. I hope at the end of this, perhaps we have a different feeling about what immigration has done of this country,” he said.

In the UAE, there are an estimated 25,489 Filipino healthcare workers, with majority of them working as nurses, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office. The number also includes doctors, pharmacists, dentists, medical staff and therapists.

UAE-Philippine support

The UAE and the Philippines have shown mutual support during the pandemic, with the UAE in April sending medical supplies for 7,000 frontliners in the Philippines.

Philippine ambassador Quintana and the UAE Embassy in Manila coordinated the delivery and acceptance of seven metric tons of medical supplies that arrived in Manila on April 29. PIA/ICA/Expat Media

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